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Man charged with air violation

June 22, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

A former Hagerstown man and his company have been charged with violating the Clean Air Act and providing false information to the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report released Friday by U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia.

William Michael Harper, 39, who owned and operated Ike's Heating and Air Conditioning Co. from his Hagerstown home, was taken into custody June 17 and brought before the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the report said.

Harper was taken into custody on an indictment returned on June 11 by the Grand Jury for the District of Maryland.

The indictment charges Harper with servicing, maintaining, repairing and disposing of heating and air conditioning systems appliances without proper certification, the report said.

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Harper also is charged with two counts of providing false information to the EPA about his work on appliances containing refrigerants, the report said.

His company no longer exists, according to a spokeswoman for Battaglia.

If convicted on all charges, Harper faces a maximum of nine years in prison and a possible fine of up to $750,000, the report said.

Under the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, the EPA introduced regulations governing the use and disposal of ozone-depleting substances.

Among the requirements imposed by the regulations is that individuals servicing, repairing and disposing of appliances containing ozone depleting substances must be properly certified, the report said.

The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the EPA.

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